It is hard to believe that it has been 10 years since the tragedies of Sept. 11, 2001.

As the anniversary neared, the Oro Valley Police Department was contacted by numerous groups inviting us to participate in activities to commemorate the date.  Reflecting on the past 10 years, I am overwhelmed by the tremendous support our department receives from the Oro Valley community. 

It may be during a visit to the grocery store, farmers’ market, a park or anytime I am out in the community, I am continually stopped and told “thanks” by our outstanding residents. 

Business owners and managers take time from their busy schedules to thank me for the services provided by our department members. Also, a host of faith-based organizations dedicate services paying tribute to first responders. 

The Oro Valley Police Department is vigilant in providing service that ensures the quality of life we enjoy today will be preserved for years to come. This level of service and preparedness is only possible with the support we have received throughout the years from our stakeholders – the residents and businesses that call Oro Valley home. 

The partnership that exists between the OVPD and our community embodies the spirit of teamwork that makes Oro Valley unique. We recognize that in order to have one of the safest communities in Arizona, we must all work together. 

This is something we do very well in Oro Valley. It is through this great partnership and mutual trust that we have achieved the quality of life so valued and cherished by our community.

The members of the Oro Valley Police Department are proud to work hand-in-hand with our community, and we strive to provide the highest level of public safety services. Our efforts to reduce crime and stop social harm will never wane.  This is our promise.

Our success has been great, but our teamwork with our stakeholders has been greater. We look forward to continuing this partnership throughout the many years to come.

Robert Kennedy once said, “…every community gets the kind of law enforcement it insists on.” Oro Valley insists on the best and we will work tenaciously each and every day to meet your expectations. 

On behalf of the men and women of the Oro Valley Police Department, please accept my sincerest “thank you” for your trust and for allowing us to serve this Community of Excellence.    

Daniel Sharp is chief of police of the Oro Valley Police Department.

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